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Dec
05

Rangers sign Marek Mazenec

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A little late on this (blame work), but the Rangers have signed goalie Marek Mazenec to a one-year deal. He is on waivers now, expected to clear and will report to the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Pack is in some need of goaltending help, and Mazenec should be an upgrade in that department.

Mazenec started the season in the KHL, where he posted a .889 SV%. In 47 games with Milwaukee last season, he posted a .912 SV%. That .912 SV% is better than both Alexei Georgiev (.897 SV%) and Chris Nell (.889 SV%) with the Pack.

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A bit of a minor trade, as the Rangers have acquired forward Peter Holland from Montreal in exchange for forward Adam Cracknell. Holland has spent the year in the AHL, but as recently as last year was with the Leafs regularly.

Cracknell was acquired off waivers by the Rangers, and was sent to the minors relatively quickly thereafter. For a waiver wire claim, turning it into Holland isn’t that bad. But this is likely an AHL only trade.

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Oct
24

Rangers recall Boo Nieves from Hartford

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Been a busy day in Rangerland. The Rangers seem to have finally figured out their forward problem, and as expected, the solution came from within. Boo Nieves, who had a strong preseason, has been recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack. He will replace the recently waived Adam Cracknell, and hopefully actually play.

Nieves has a line of 2-1-3 in 7 games this year with the Pack, and was widely assumed to be the first call up when needed. The Rangers sorely need some stability at center. While Nieves is no savior, he should at least stabilize the fourth line. Let’s hope he’s ready and this works out. The Rangers need some stability in the lineup.

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Oct
24

Rangers assign Tony DeAngelo to Hartford

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About time. That’s all I can say. The Rangers finally assigned defenseman Tony DeAngelo to Hartford after the most questionable usage of a kid I’ve seen in recent memory. DeAngelo played eight games for the Rangers so far (out of ten), but you wouldn’t even know it.

AV’s usage of DeAngelo was troubling. Using him only for powerplay time was silly. It didn’t help the team or the kid. He needs to play and grow. Now he has the opportunity to do just that.

Believe it or not, I’m happy about this move. It’s about time they got smart with his playing time.

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Oct
24

Rangers place Adam Cracknell on waivers

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The Adam Cracknell experiment in New York has come to an end. The forward is on waivers after a brief stay in New York. His line with the Rangers: four games, -1 rating, no points.

Cracknell was an interesting add on paper as a solid defensive forward. He never really impressed the coaching staff, so off he goes. The Rangers are still in a state of flux with their roster. Perhaps the best choices to fill out the fourth line are in Hartford.

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The Matt Puempel era in New York has come to an end. The forward, waived to start the season, has been traded to the Detroit Red Wings for defenseman Ryan Sproul. Puempel was claimed off waivers from Ottawa last season, and put up 6-3-9 in 27 games as a Blueshirt. He put up 1-2-3 in 5 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack this season.

Sproul, a former 2nd round pick, has just 28 games of NHL experience (1-6-7). After being selected 55th overall in 2011, Sproul turned pro for the 2013-2014 season, spending the majority of his career with the Grand Rapids Griffins. The 6’3″, 205 lb defenseman is likely more defensive depth for a team that has that in spades at the moment.

This seems to be a trade that is more about a change of scenery for both players. Puempel clearly wasn’t in favor with the coaching staff, as a pair of well traveled “vets” in Paul Carey and Adam Cracknell clearly have higher bidding within the organization.

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Oct
10

Rangers assign Filip Chytil to Hartford

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As expected, the Rangers are going to slow down the Filip Chytil hype train a bit. Chytil has been sent to the Hartford Wolf Pack –not to the Czech Republic– after the Rangers claimed Adam Cracknell off waivers. Clearing Chytil from the roster was expected, although sending him to Hartford was not.

Sending the kid to Hartford means the Rangers can recall him this year. If he was returned to Europe, he would be gone from the Rangers for the year, like Lias Andersson. I’m intrigued to see where this goes. Perhaps the team thinks he is too good for the Czech league, which is a legitimate feeling. Hopefully they aren’t rushing him, though.

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Oct
09

Rangers claim Adam Cracknell off waivers

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The Rangers have claimed winger Adam Cracknell off waivers from Dallas. The 32-year-old journeyman will be joining his fourth team in three years. At 6’2″ and 218 lbs, this is a size over skill acquisition, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a bad move. Cracknell is a capable fourth line player, and could mean the end of the Andrew Desjardins speculation.

Of course, it could mean the end of the Filip Chytil experiment for this year. With the Rangers lacking forward depth, there’s nothing wrong with taking a flier on a guy like this.

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The Rangers have signed defenseman Brandon Crawley to a three year entry level contract. Crawley, taken in the fourth round of this year’s draft, was a bit of an interesting draft pick as an over-ager. However his play in camp showed he could take the next step.

At 20 years old, Crawley will help solidify a blue line in Hartford that was in dire need of some young speed. He’s not flashy, but he gets the job done with good positioning and stick work in the defensive zone. Crawley joins Neal Pionk, Alexei Bereglazov, Vince Pedrie, and Sean Day on the Hartford blue line, which makes them a strong and mobile group.

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The Rangers and Mika ZIbanejad have avoided arbitration, which was set for later today, and agreed to terms on a five-year deal. The contract will pay Zibanejad $5.35 million per season, which is where we had him pegged two months ago.

Zibanejad lost a bit of leverage when he broke his leg earlier this season, which certainly brought the cost down a bit. That said, this is a fair deal for both sides. Zibanejad gets paid and gets security. The Rangers get a young 1C with tremendous upside at what could be a bargain price down the road.

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